We are saddened to report that Compatriot Robert F. Carr, Past VASSAR Secretary (2011-12), VASSAR Assistant Secretary (2013-15) and Past President, George Washington Chapter, passed away on 19 May 2018. Additional details will be posted here as they become available.
Below is a combined report of all chapter JROTC awards in VASSAR
At the T.C. Williams JROTC Award ceremony May 10, 2018, Cadet 1LT Delis Del Pilar Hernandez Martinez was awarded the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Bronze Medal by the George Washington Chapter SAR in recognition of outstanding leadership, military bearing and excellence.
Cadet Martinez, a native of the Dominican Republic is a senior and in the third year of the Army JROTC program. He served as the Titan Battalion S4 (Supply Officer.) He also was commander of the battalion Raider team and a member of the color guard that served at more than 20 public events. He played a major role in the battalion's "Need Improvement Briefing" during the JROTC Program for Accreditation. He intends to attend college and become an officer in the Army or Marine Corps.
The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter recently presented JROTC Bronze Medals to deserving cadets from three local high schools at JROTC Awards Ceremonies. Jack Lynch presented the medal at Orange County High School on May 3rd, President Tom Hamill presented the medal at Culpeper County High School on May 10th, and Gerry Culver presented the medal at Liberty High School in Fauquier County on May 18th.
12 May 2018 Wilderness Road State Park, Ewing, VA
President Pat Kelly was the keynote speaker, and led the Virginia Society participation in the Raid at Martin's Station Ceremony. Participating were representatives from Virginia and Tennessee, including ten Virginia chapters: Colonel Fielding Lewis, Colonel George Waller, Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, Fincastle Resolutions, General William Campbell, Martin's Station, New River Valley, Overmountain Men, and Thomas Jefferson. NSSAR was represented by Chaplain General John Wakefield. William Cheak, Vice President of the Martin's Station Chapter, was the Master of Ceremonies, and Barney Penley, Secretary of the Overmountain Men Chapter, conducted the wreath presentations.
Virginia SAR Participants, left to right: Bill Schwetke, John Hamilton, Dennis Fritts, Mike Weyler, Chaplain General John Wakefield, Virginia SAR President Pat Kelly, Bob Vogler, Jerry Phillips, Jim O’Kelley, Terry Blevins, Michael Shaver, Barney Penley, James Moore. Participating, but not in the picture: William Cheak, Larry Frazier
On 12 May , 2018, approximately 20 members of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution (VASSAR), Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution (VADAR), and parishioners of the Old Presbyterian Meeting House attended a grave marking ceremony for four patriots of the American Revolution interred at the Presbyterian Cemetery and Columbarium on Wilkes Street in Alexandria, VA. The dedication was planned by the George Washington Chapter VASSAR. The four patriots whose graves were marked were John Turpin Brooks, Joseph Dean, William McKnight and Dennis Ramsay. The Associate Pastor of the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, Katherine Stanford, gave an invocation, followed by the Grave Marker Dedication by 3rd Virginia Society SAR Vice President Jeff Thomas. The Virginia SAR Color Guard provided a dignified tribute to the ceremony by advancing and posting colors. Wreaths were presented by the George Washington, Fairfax Resolves, and Culpepper Minutemen Chapters of VASSAR; and the Dr. Elisha Dick and Kate Waller Barrett Chapters of VADAR.
5 May 2018 Graves' Mountain Lodge, Syria VA
some pictures courtesy of Jennifer Kelly and Suzan Hamill
Today 36 compatriots from 7 chapters and 17 guests gathered at Graves' Mountain Lodge in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Madison County to enjoy a beautiful spring day and SAR camaraderie. Virginia SAR President Pat Kelly was the guest of honor. The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter organized the gathering and members of the following chapters attended: Colonel James Wood, II, Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, Fort Harrison, General Daniel Morgan, George Mason, and Thomas Jefferson. Dignitaries from other organizations who honored us included: the Secretary of the Virginia Society, Order of Founders and Patriots, Doug Graves; President of the Virginia C.A.R., Molly McCue; and Regent of the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter, NSDAR, Mary Ann Cowherd.
Prior to the social time, a ceremony was conducted to gather and bless Virginia Soil to be spread on the mass grave of Virginians at Waxhaws, SC. Tom Hamill, President of the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter, conducted the ceremony; Dale Corey, President of the Colonel William Grayson Chapter collected the soil; and Father Henry Minich of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter blessed the soil. Virginia SAR President Pat Kelly took charge of the soil and will take it to the Commemoration of the Battle of Waxhaws on May 26th, where he will spread the Virginia Soil on the mass grave. At Waxhaws President Kelly will be escorted by Tom Hamill and Bill Schwetke, both of whom participated in today's ceremony.
Father Minich's Blessing of the Soil
After the social time, the attendees gathered in the Main Dinning Room for the program. Mike Taimi, President of the Colonel William Grayson Chapter, was the Master of Ceremonies, aided by his chapter Secretary, Mike Weyler, who filled in while Mike Taimi participated in the Color Guard. Father Henry Minich began the meeting with a benediction, the colors were advanced, the pledges said, and the colors posted. The flags included the US. Flag, the Virginia Flag, The Virginia SAR Flag, and the flags of the six participating chapters, all carried by uniformed color guardsmen.
Next Mike Taimi introduced the distinguished guests, who in addition to Virginia President Pat Kelly, included 3 other Virginia SAR officers.
Next, the presidents or their representatives of each of the 6 primary chapters, and President Pat Kelly, gave brief remarks. The chapter presidents spoke in the order of their chapters date of charter.
After the chapter remarks, President Pat Kelly brought greetings from the Virginia Society to the gathering.
Next, President Molly McCue of the Virginia Children of the American Revolution, gave a presentation on her presidential initiative.
After a great lunch, President Pat Kelly gave the keynote address, a revealing look at the Revolutionary War on the Western Frontier of Virginia.
Master of Ceremonies Mike Taimi presented a check to President Kelly, from the six chapter attending today, made our to the 1st Virginia Regiment in President Kelly's name, for his initiative to support the 116th Infantry Regiment Museum.
On 3 May, Mike Taimi, resident of Little Rocky Run and President of the Colonel William Grayson chapter Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution presented a SAR Flag Certificate of Commendation to Joe Stein, Vice President Little Rocky Run Homeowners Association
28 Apr 2018 Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA
Virginia SAR participants and attendees, left to right, front row: unknown, Josh Wilberger, George Corbett, Bill Greaf, 1st VP Peter Davenport, Charles Jameson, Dennis Peterson, Louis March, Mike Lyman, Peter Broadbent, Jonathan Comer; back row: Beau Robertson, 2nd VP Bill Schwetke, Charles Belfield, Bruce Meyer, Jim Russell, Dave Button.
Today 1st Vice President Peter Davenport led the Virginia SAR and eleven of its chapters in presenting wreaths and remarks at the celebration of the 260th anniversary of the birth of James Monroe, a Revolutionary War hero and our 5th president. Chapters represented included the Colonel Fielding Lewis, Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, Fort Harrison, General Daniel Morgan, George Mason, James Monroe, Richard Henry Lee, Richmond, Thomas Nelson, Jr., and Richmond Chapters.
In the first portion of the ceremony, President Trump was represented by US Army Quartermaster General, B/G Rodney Fogg. After his departure, G. William Thomas, Jr., president of the James Monroe Memorial Foundation took over as the master of ceremonies. Senator Amanda Chase brought greetings from the Virginia General Assembly and the keynote speaker was Congressman Dave Brat, Virginia 7th District.
As a surprise, Compatriot Peter Broadbent was presented a medal by the James Monroe Memorial Foundation for his accomplishments in their behalf.
After Peter Broadbent read the Declaration from Governor Northam, the wreaths were presented and remarks made by each presenter.
The 13th annual tribute to "Patriots & Pathfinders" at the Blockhouse at Natural Tunnel State Park was held on Saturday, April 28. The Overmountain Men Chapter was the organizing chapter along with sponsorship by the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association and the Natural Tunnel State Park.
SAR and DAR chapters from Virginia and Tennessee participated along CAR Chapters from Tennessee, as well as the Tennessee United States Daughters of the War of 1812.
VASSAR president Pat Kelly delivered the address and the NSSAR Chaplain-General John Conrad Wakefield delivered the invocation and the benediction.
Submitted by Bob Vogler, President, Col. George Waller Chapter
Below (L to R): VASSAR President Pat Kelly and Overmountain Men Chapter President Larry Frazier give welcoming remarks; NSSAR Chaplain General John Conrad Wakefield delivers invocation; Wreath Presentations; VASSAR Color Guard posts colors